Formation of Communities
- The Lay Carmelite Order is a true branch of the Carmelite Order and as such is under the
jurisdiction of the Prior General of the Order. As the spiritual father, head and sign of
unity of the family, he delegates the care and spiritual good of the Lay Carmelites of
each Province to the local Provincial and his Council. In our provinces, the Provincial
further delegates his authority and the care of the Lay Carmelites to the Provincial
Director and his associates.
- A Lay Carmelite community is set up by the Prior General of the Order who issues a
Charter for its establishment, having obtained the previous written consent of the
Ordinary of the diocese in which it is established.
- In a "developing" community or in small communities of up to 12 members, all
members will share responsibility with the director and chaplain on all matters of
community concern. In developing communities, the director shall be appointed by the
chaplain. When there is either no chaplain or one not taking an active part in the
community, then the director is chosen by the majority decision of all the members. The
director and chaplain shall appoint the Formation Director.